Sex Selection in IVF: Should I Look Into it?

You’ve probably heard recent news of genetic engineering giving parents the ability to select certain traits for their unborn children. While this technology was initially developed to help eliminate the possibility of genetic diseases in children, it has gradually transformed into a more “designer” service, allowing parents to select such traits as eye and hair color, height, and sex. When you find an egg donor in Chicago, you might wonder whether this is a good option for your family.

As with other cases of genetic engineering, the sex selection process was brought about to avoid genetic diseases linked to specific sexes, i.e. trisomy X, Klinefelter’s syndrome and Turner syndrome. However, as time has progressed, many parents undergoing IVF have turned to sex selection to balance out their families, which means that they would choose a boy if they already have a girl, or vice versa.

If you’re preparing for an IVF procedure and you have serious concerns about sex-related genetic disorders after speaking with your physician, sex selection might be worth looking into. Otherwise, here’s why we encourage prospective parents to say no to sex selection:

  • The most accurate methods are the most expensive. IVF isn’t a cheap and easy option to begin with. If you’re thinking about including sex selection therapy in your IVF bill, you’re looking at extra tens of thousands of dollars – money that could go toward a college education or extra supplies down the road.
  • Sex selection treatments are invasive and often uncomfortable. Both PGD and PGS (Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis and Preimplantation Genetic Screening) often require the use of fertility drugs that may have negative side effects while you’re getting ready for egg donation. Furthermore, the IVF procedure itself is invasive and can cause pain during the egg retrieval and implantation phases.
  • The long-term risks of sex selection practices are yet unknown. As much as reproductive technology has blossomed in the last few decades, it’s still a work in progress. Overall, not much is known about whether sex selection has any long-term risks or side effects for the children and their parents alike. The ASRM notes that it may not be justifiable to take such risks for nonmedical reasons.

When you find an egg donor in Chicago, you’ll have the opportunity to find someone with traits you will love and cherish, no matter if your child is born male or female. Determining whether or not to use sex selection is a conversation best reserved for your physician. To learn more or to register to use our donor database, give us a call at 847-656-5276 today.